By Adam Strunk
Perhaps INTRUST Bank wants a good-looking neighbor.
The bank donated $150,000 to help build a new library across the street from its main Newton location at 128 E Broadway.
“INTRUST Bank is part of the Newton community, and we are proud to be part of the campaign to help build a 21st Century Library for this growing community,” Kimberly Richtig, president of INTRUST’s Newton Branch said. “Libraries are a signature community asset, benefiting everyone in a community.”
The Newton Public Library Foundation announced the donation Friday. The donation along with other contributions and commitments puts the fundraising campaign total for the new library at the $1.6 million mark, according to the release. That’s 60 percent $2.7 million goal set by the campaign for the project, set to be built near the end of 2022.
“We at the Newton Public Library Foundation are grateful for the support of INTRUST Bank,” Newton Public Library Foundation President Angela Becker said.
The City has already contracted to pay $880,000 to HBM Architects to draw up detailed designs for the library.
The designs will be finalized, confirmed and eventually, if the city decides to move forward the project, put out for bid.
The timeline for construction to begin on a new library sets the date near the end of 2022.
The Newton Public Library has also committed $1.65 million in funds to pay for the project. The cost to build a new library was estimated at $8.5 million in 2019.
Members of the campaign leadership committee include Ann Adrian, Angela Becker, Tami Carlgren, Cari Cusick, Rochelle Glover, Mike Farrell, Larry Lee, Nathan Murphy, Charlie Robinson, and Angie Tatro.
For more information about the campaign or to donate please call Angela Becker at 707-536-7101 or Ann Adrian at 316-772-0954 or Cari Cusick at 316-283-2890.